Eliaquim Mangala insists that he is not feeling any pressure despite costing Manchester City £32m.
The Sky Blues finally tied up a deal for their long-term target last week, paying a massive fee to Porto for the defender.
Mangala has long been hailed as one of European football’s top young centre-backs, and is widely seen as the ideal long-term partner for Vincent Kompany – who himself signed a new deal recently.
The £32m fee paid for the 23-year-old makes him the most expensive defender in Britain, but he says that he’s not feeling any anxiety about the sum of cash paid for him:
“You kind of deal it in this way – the price was not set by me and it’s something you don’t pay attention to.” He is quoted by The Express.
“It is something the fans and press might talk about but I remove myself from those thoughts really. And if you can’t live with that sort of pressure – if it does bring any pressure – then football is not the job for you. You should be staying at home and doing another type of job.”
Mangala was linked with both Manchester United and Chelsea over the summer and came close to signing for City back in January.